Bruce Nauman – Journal

Marian Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Journal (2022), a limited-edition digital artwork by Bruce Nauman. In this work, Nauman continues his investigations into temporality and preservation through technology by examining a historical text rendered in 3D. Since the 1960s, Nauman has questioned and expanded the boundaries of what is considered art through the integration of holograms, video, neon and digital renderings within his works.

For the new project Journal Nauman devised a volumetric 3D model of the book, “The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.” Written by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the journals chronicle the period between April 7 and July 27, 1805. In the journal entry selected, Meriwether Lewis provides a detailed account of the arduous process required to make buffalo sausage, known as boudin blanc, begun by Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian trader.
The artist first read the book while working on his 2001 work Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage), in which he used a video camera with infrared capability to record his studio at night. While designing Nature Morte (2020) a digital rendering of his studio activated by an iPad touchscreen, Nauman returned to the explorers’ logs, and converted a selected passage of the book into a 3D model to create Journal.

Bruce Nauman - Journal - 2022

Bruce Nauman - Journal - 2022Medium: Three-dimensional OBJ model, iOS application - Apple iPad Air
The iPad is placed in a custom hand-bound presentation box made by bookbinder Charlene Matthews, with input from the artist.
Size: 24.8 x 17.85 x .6 cm (9.75 x 7.03 x 0.24 in)
Edition of 15 + 2 AP
Signed, numbered and dated
Price: $ 15,000*
*Price increases as editions sell

This limited edition Bruce Nauman journal is available at Marian Goodman Gallery.